Hi Muuurph,There are a number of reasons for slowness in computers. One of these is that the temporary internet files have accumulated beyond your computer's capacity. One could be malware. Another possibility is that there's a software conflict between two programs. Your RAM may be insufficient for the complexity of the programs you're running. In order to help you, we need information that is as specific as possible. Additionally, there may be flaws on your disk.
You mentioned you can't run the tool that scans the physical disk for flaws because it can't access. Was there a specific error message
and if so, could you copy it down verbatim? Error messages are very helpful.
Just for information, Windows Updates do not help to speed up a computer. They redo your software to make it less vulnerable and to fix bugs.
You said the computer worked for a week and then got slow again. Did you empty the temporary files out as I requested in post #2
For our further information, I would like for you to also do the following:
Please open the msconfig
utility and look at what is running in your startup tab. To do this go to Start / Run
and copy-paste or type in msconfig
then click on ok
A small window will open. Check the option Diagnostic Startup
and then go to the Startup
tab and look at the programs listed there. If there is any program you don't recognize, either post the name of it back here and I will tell you if you need it or not at startup, or you can look it up yourself at this link: http://www.sysinfo.org/startuplist.php
Once we have established what programs are loading at startup, I will have you disconnect your computer from the internet and then go into msconfig again with the diagnostic startup checked and have you uncheck all programs which are not essential at startup. The reason for doing this is to see if some one program could be causing the symptoms of slowness you've been having.
The reason I will ask you to disconnect your computer when you do this is to ensure that you are able to run your computer with your antivirus and firewall and antispyware programs turned off without leaving your computer vulnerable